Thursday, May 5, 2011
Soundtrack: Planet of the Apes
When I saw the next album on the top 100 list from Entertainment Weekly I kind of chuckled: Planet of the Apes from 1968. But after reading how composer, Jerry Goldsmith, was heavily influenced by Bartok and Stravinsky the giggling stopped. I was intrigued.
Interesting fact: He was praised for using "electronic" music but there was no synthesizer or other electronic devices on the album. Instead, Goldsmith used a lot of everyday household items to make the music for the soundtrack. Also, he applied simple techniques on instruments combined sometimes with silence (yes, silence) to fill the scenes with more intensity and emotion. Now I have to hear this soundtrack again.
I have seen this movie many times - mostly on weekends on TV when it was too cold to go play outside, but I really don't remember much about the movie expect some of the iconic scenes. I do recall enjoying these movies as a kid. However, I did not care for the remake done in 2001 with Mark Walhberg and Helena Bonham Carter.
There is another story, an origin, called Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco coming out later this year.